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Rob
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Hi,

My rather insane hobby is building architectural models. Recently, several aquaintances have expressed interest in purchasing copies of a Fallingwater model I've made. Does anyone know if I can legally sell these? My understanding of copyright is that buildings built prior to 1994 are not protected by copyright, and that the Pennsylvania Trust only has trademark on photos of the actual building.



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Architectural copyright can be applied to architectural works built prior to 1994, and not just photographs. I am sure that they have copyrighted the building and name. If you build one model for your own personal enjoyment I am sure that no one will care. If you produce multiple models to sell, you may have a problem.
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Post by Rob »

I got my dates wrong...the act that extended copyright to architecture was passed in 1990 not 1994. So buildings built before that date are not protected...which encompasses all of Wright's work built prior to 1990. See below from the copyright website.



Architectural works became subject to copyright protection on Dec. 1, 1990. The copyright law defines

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I've seen the model you made of Fallingwater and I have to say it was a very good job and a great donation to the Conservancy (in my view). I'm sure your right about the law, but this is obviously a touchy subject. If Olgivanna were still around I'm sure Taliesin would sue, maybe some sort of sponsoring arrangement could be made. We are trying to make the Weltzheimer House more popular as a site and are attempting to have a model made. There is not a lot of space to display a model in a usonian house though.
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Post by Rob »

That depends on the size of the model, the materials, level of detail, and desired use. What did you have in mind? Maybe I could build it for you.

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